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All About Ears


As the push toward banning of cropping and docking becomes a reality in some parts of Canada, there is no better time to look back on the anti-cropping sen- timent that lead to the banning of cropping in the UK and the subsequent experiences of our contemporaries in 19th century England. This article is not meant as a comment on the cur- rent debate in North America,


but rather a historical exami- nation of the effects the UK’s cropping ban had on the breed in Europe over time. Regardless of where you stand on the issue, there is no question that history has much to teach us.


Thanks go out to Ella and Peter Eva for their help in identifying some of the period pieces as well as more modern-day reflections


on the transition from cropped to button ears in Europe.


The following excerpts from 19th and early-20th century literature present a very general chronology of changing senti- ment toward ears in the years leading up to and following the ban on cropping, which began in 1895 (Note: illustrations used do not necessarily correspond to


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